Sphaeralcea coccinea (Nutt.) Rydb. -- Description
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 40(2): 58. 1913. Scarlet globemallow, copper mallow, orange globemallow, red falsemallow. Red, probably for the flower color in some plants.
Plants: Perennial subshrubs.
Stems: To 40 cm, usually less.
Roots: Taprooted, branching below ground, rootstocks.
Leaves: Parted to divided, about as long as wide to a little longer than wide, primary lobes branched
Inflorescences: 1-2 flowers per node, usually without branches, involucels generally absent
Flowers: Orange, anthers yellow, red, occasionally dark purple.
Fruit/Carpels: Fruit oblate; Carpels with dehiscent part noticeably narrower and shorter than indehiscent (reticulate) part, comprising less than 1/3 of the whole
Distribution and Habitat
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, parts of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan. Plants found south of the Mogollon Rim and identified as S. coccinea are likely to be S. grossulariifolia or S. rusbyi. S. coccinea is primarily a plant of grasslands and open spaces throughout its range.